The Eagle River is a freestone tributary to the Colorado River, containing similar aquatic life. Its headwaters lie high in the White River National Forest, along Highway 24. These upper stretches are best for pocket water fishing with dry flies, and small nymphs. The majority of the public access for the Eagle is found along I-70 between the towns of Minturn, and Gypsum. A river map showing public access areas can be useful when fishing the Eagle due to a high number of short public stretches divided by private land. Despite its close proximity to I-70, the Eagle remains a top notch fishery, boasting beautiful views, and trophy sized rainbows.
Nymphs To Try: Wired Golden Stone Size 14-16, TDJ Golden Stone Size 14-16, Pat's Rubber Legs black or olive Size 10-14, Tungsten CDC Hares Ear Size 14-18, Psycho Baetis Size 18-20, Juju Baetis Size 18-20, Zebra Midge Size 18-22.
Dries To Try: Various Blue Wing Olives Size 18-20, Midges Size 20-24, and Golden Stones Size 14-16 if you can find rising fish.
Streamers To Try: Dungeon in black or white, Sparkle Minnow olive/white, Circus Peanut White or black, Wooly Buggers white, black, and flashy
The Eagle River is flowing at about 250 CFS at the town of Gypsum and is fishing well. Trout have moved into the riffles and are feeding actively getting ready for the winter. Small stonefly nymphs, caddis pupae, midge, and baetis have been producing fish most days. Nymphing has been the most successful technique, but dries can be effective if you find fish rising consistently. Streamer fishing should also pick up as the days get shorter and a bit cooler.
The Eagle River is raging at over 4000 CFS for the time being. Expect off color water and tough fishing. However the chance at hooking into a nice bow or brown is still present. Think large heavy attractor nymphs, worm patterns, and streamers if you are fishing the Eagle at this time.
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